GP assistants are no solution to the workforce crisis in general practice, warns RCGP
Plans to recruit more than 1,000 GP assistants in practices across England 'must not be seen as a solution to the chronic shortage of GPs' and could add to workload initially, the RCGP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 6, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

GP at Hand to pull out of Birmingham next month
Babylon GP at Hand has decided to pull out of Birmingham at the end of next month, leaving 5,000 patients in need of finding a new practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 6, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Coffey targets rapid GP access over face-to-face appointments
Therese Coffey has said she 'will not be prescriptive' on how GPs see patients - but hinted she could go further than a target set out last month for all appointments to be delivered within two weeks. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 4, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Policy Source Type: news

London faces growing GP workforce gap as workload continues to soar
A surge in vacant GP posts over the past year has left half of London's practices operating with fewer doctors than they need while demand is at an all-time high, the capital's LMCs have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 4, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

Study reveals 'significant rise in anti-GP rhetoric'
Media coverage of general practice last year saw a 'significant rise in anti-GP rhetoric' amid increasingly contentious debate over the use of remote consultations, a study has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 4, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

New co-chairs to focus on reform of BMA UK GP committee
Senior GPs from Northern Ireland and Scotland will lead the BMA's UK GP committee after being elected unopposed as its co-chairs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 4, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GP practices denied funding to vaccinate their own staff against flu
GPs have hit out at NHS England over a 'maddeningly frustrating' failure to offer practices funding to vaccinate their staff against flu this year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 3, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP funding Source Type: news

Junior doctors to be balloted on industrial action in early January
The BMA looks set to ballot junior doctors in England on industrial action in early January after the government failed to respond to its calls to restore pay to 2008/9 levels. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 3, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

BMA sets up first-ever ‘strike fund’ to support industrial action
The BMA making £2m available from its reserves to prepare for possible ballots on industrial action by members in the coming months – and setting up its first-ever ‘strike fund’ to support those who do take action. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 30, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Dozens of GPs with suicidal thoughts contact specialist service every month
A specialist mental health service for doctors is being contacted by dozens of GPs each month who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, GPonline has learned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 30, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs demand this summer 'matched pre-pandemic winter'
General practice needs urgent support to cope with spiralling demand after appointments this August matched levels normally seen in winter before the COVID-19 pandemic, GP leaders have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 30, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

Government must take 'urgent action' on GP retention, says RCGP
GPs are being driven out of the profession by high levels of stress and burnout, pension rules, family and caring responsibilities and workforce shortages, with 42% likely to leave general practice in the next five years, a new report by the RCGP has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 29, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Podcast: Looking after GP mental health at a time of crisis
We speak to Dr Helen Garr, medical director of NHS Practitioner Health, about the impact workload pressures are having on GPs ’ wellbeing and she provides practical advice on what to do if you experiencing mental ill health or are worried about a colleague, and preventing burnout. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 29, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Podcast Source Type: news

GP workload far beyond pre-pandemic level as winter pressure looms
General practice delivered 26.5m appointments this August - 13.3% above the level seen in the same month in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic, analysis of official data shows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 29, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

GPs account for small fraction of NHS claims in first year of state-backed indemnity
Just 3.4% of NHS clinical negligence claims related to general practice in 2019/20 despite nine in 10 clinical contacts taking place in primary care, a report on the first year of state indemnity for GPs shows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 28, 2022 Category: Primary Care Tags: Indemnity Source Type: news